Dave’s Discoveries Pt. 10 – Patty Smyth – “Whole Lotta Love” (Yes, the Led Zeppelin song)

Ordinarily, a Grammy and Oscar-nominated multi-millionaire would not feature on this blog, but this is all about artists who are not as well known as they should be. Such is the case with Patty Smyth.Prior to yesterday, I’d only ever heard Patty Smyth sing one song, the 1992 rock duet with Don Henley ‘Sometimes Love… Continue reading Dave’s Discoveries Pt. 10 – Patty Smyth – “Whole Lotta Love” (Yes, the Led Zeppelin song)

Dave’s Discoveries Pt. 9 Animal Collective – ‘Bridge to Quiet’

Bridge to Quiet by Animal Collective In certain quarters, the Baltimore band Animal Collective are very well known. They headline alternative music festivals and fill relatively large venues. However they’ve never really entered the mainstream and aren’t as well known as they could be. To me, they are The Beatles of the 21st century. Their… Continue reading Dave’s Discoveries Pt. 9 Animal Collective – ‘Bridge to Quiet’

Dave’s Discoveries Week 8 – David Crowell and Empyrean Atlas

Occasionally in music you find a kindred spirit who shares similar musical interests to you completely independently. When I first heard the music of Brooklyn composer David Crowell I could tell he was listening to the same combination of music from New York and Africa that I enjoyed. More precisely, minimalist composers Steve Reich and… Continue reading Dave’s Discoveries Week 8 – David Crowell and Empyrean Atlas

Dave’s Discoveries Week 7 – Pekka Jalkanen’s Kantele Music

In 2009 I visited Finland to research how Finnish composers had been influenced by Finnish traditional music. I met some very interesting musicians and composers, including Pekka Jalkanen. Jalkanen often composes for the kantele, a traditional Finnish instrument, something like a harp mixed with a Japanese koto. The instrument makes a really beautiful sound and… Continue reading Dave’s Discoveries Week 7 – Pekka Jalkanen’s Kantele Music

Dave’s Discoveries Week 6 – ‘The Bats’

This week a detour from classical composers and trad fiddlers into indie rock. Ordinarily I wouldn’t post something from an indie band here, but my very recent discovery of the New Zealand band ‘The Bats‘ has changed that, because they are a great, innovative band started in the ’80’s who aren’t as well known as… Continue reading Dave’s Discoveries Week 6 – ‘The Bats’

Dave’s Discoveries: Week 5 – Zibuokle Martinaityté “Saudade” & “Blue”

This week I feature a really fresh new discovery for me, the Lithuanian composer Zibuokle Martinaityte. It is just a week or so ago that I first heard her music. I’d like to explain the context for how I discovered her. The American composer Steve Reich has been an important influence on my music. I… Continue reading Dave’s Discoveries: Week 5 – Zibuokle Martinaityté “Saudade” & “Blue”

Dave’s Discoveries; Week 4 – Breda Keville “The Hop Down”

​Anyone who’s followed my music over the years will know my favourite Irish composer is Paddy Fahey. 15 years ago, as I was developing my Fahey obsession, I was introduced to the unique fiddle playing of Breda Keville. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands. of excellent Irish fiddle players, so it takes something special for… Continue reading Dave’s Discoveries; Week 4 – Breda Keville “The Hop Down”